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Living in Light of Two Ages

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Monday
Apr222019

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (April 22-28)

Sunday Morning, April 28:  Rev. Brad Lenzner will be preaching.  Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon:  Mr. Yi Wang, our pastoral intern will be conducting the catechism service.  Our afternoon service begins at 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study: (April 24 @ 7:30 p.m.).  As we make the case for Christianity, we continue to discuss the nature of Jesus' bodily resurrection.

Friday Night Academy:  No Academy this week

For more information on Christ Reformed Church you can always find us here Christ Reformed Church, or Christ Reformed on Facebook.

Monday
Apr152019

Easter Week Services at Christ Reformed Church -- Updated With Audio

Easter Week Services:

Audio from Maundy Thursday, April 18

 

Audio from Good Friday, April 19

I Will Remember No More


Audio from Easter Sunday, April 21 

Sunday
Apr142019

"The Law Is Good, If One Uses It Lawfully" -- 1 Timothy 1:3-11

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon on 1 Timothy 1:3-11 -- The Law Is Good, If One uses It Lawfully

Saturday
Apr132019

Apologetics in a Post Christian Age (Audio) -- Making the Case for Christianity (The Resurrection of Jesus -- Part One)

Here's the audio from the Wednesday night Bible Study:  Making the Case for Christianity -- The Resurrection of Jesus (Part One)

Thursday
Apr112019

"The Day of the Lord" -- Amos 5:1-6:14

Sermons on the Minor Prophets:  The Book of Amos (4)

Friedrich Nietzsche, the nineteenth century German philosopher, is perhaps best known for his assertion that “God is dead.”  A very formidable critic of Christianity, Nietzsche spoke of Christianity as a religion possessing what he called a “slave mentality,” one symptom of which was the putting off of a final judgment until the end of time.  This encouraged people to avoid acting authentically in the present.  People should not wait for an imaginary God to act, they must decisively act now, freed from religious superstitions.  Nietzsche thought Christians foolish (and to be pitied) because advances in science and European culture had rendered the Judeo-Christian God an unworthy explanation of the universe–“God is dead,” a view which many of our contemporaries accept, if only in a practical way.  But a Hebrew Prophet named Amos once proclaimed the very doctrine Nietzsche railed against, the true and living God (transcendent and altogether righteous) enters human history at times to bring about his sovereign judgments upon his disobedient people and neighboring Gentile nations–that which the prophets describe as “the Day of the Lord.”  We come face to face with the God of the Bible who is very much alive, whether Nietzsche and his followers like him or not.

The “Day of the Lord” is an important theological concept central to the Christian doctrine of a final judgment.  Amos, writing about 760 B.C., is the first of the Minor Prophets to call attention to the “Day of the Lord,” but this is a concept found throughout the Minor Prophets, with the exception of the prophet Jonah.  When used by Old Testament writers, the term “Day of the Lord” refers those times (often in both the immediate and at the same time distant future) when God decisively intervenes in human history to bring about his righteous judgment upon his people Israel, and then upon Judah, because of their prolonged disobedience and indifference to YHWH’s covenant, their religious hypocrisy and their idolatry.  The phrase is also used in connection with God’s judgment upon the Gentile nations which have persecuted God’s people (at times as agents of God’s judgment upon Israel) and who reject God’s own anointed king who comes from the biological line of David–the coming Messiah (Jesus).  In these instances, the Day of the Lord points ahead to that future time when God will save a believing remnant of his people Israel, through the same Messiah who, ironically, Israel will reject.  The Day of the Lord then can be seen as YHWH meting out covenant curses, and dispensing covenant blessings.

As used throughout the New Testament, the Day of the Lord refers to that final day of human history (judgment day), when Jesus Christ returns to raise the dead, judge the world, and make all things new.  It will be a time of cosmic distress when all of creation convulses, and when all men and women will be judged according to what they have done (good or ill).  On that day, the Lord will purge away every hint and trace of human sin, creating a new heaven and earth (as we read in 2 Peter 3:10-13–our New Testament lesson), which will be the home of everlasting righteousness, all traces of human sin now removed.

These repeated acts of God in judgment upon his disobedient people and the Gentile nations spoken of throughout the prophets, function as dress rehearsals for that day when Jesus returns at the end of the age.  As used throughout the prophets, the Day of the Lord both foreshadows and forewarns God’s people of his righteous judgments upon human sin, the consequences of disobedience to his commandments, and the eternal danger of rejecting his saving mercy both in this life and in the next.  At the same time, the Day of the Lord provides an illustration of God’s covenant promise to preserve his people and deliver them from sin and death.  Those who know Jesus as their Savior long for his coming–the return of our great God and Savior to usher in our promised inheritance–the resurrection of our bodies and entrance into eternal life.

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Monday
Apr082019

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (April 8-14)

Sunday Morning, April 14 (Palm Sunday):  We have begun a new series on Paul's letters to Timothy and Titus.  This week, we will look at Paul's discussion of God's Law from 1 Timothy 1:3-11.  Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon:  We considering Lord's Day 4 in our study of the Heidelberg Catechism (Q & A 9-11).  What do we mean when we say, "God is merciful?"  Our afternoon service begins at 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study: (April 10 @ 7:30 p.m.).  As we make the case for Christianity, we will take up the nature of Jesus' bodily resurrection.

Friday Night Academy: (Friday, April 12 @ 7:30 p.m.).  We are discussing Michael Horton's theology text, The Christian Faith.  We are now in chapter twelve, "Being Human," and talking about the Imago Dei (p. 398).

For more information on Christ Reformed Church you can always find us here Christ Reformed Church, or Christ Reformed on Facebook.

Sunday
Apr072019

"Paul, An Apostle of Christ Jesus" -- 1 Timothy 1:1-2

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon on 1 Timothy:   Paul, An Apostle of Christ Jesus

Thursday
Apr042019

Apologetics in a Post Christian Age (Audio) -- Making the Case for Christianity (Jesus' Self-Attestation)

Here's the audio from the Wednesday night Bible Study: Making the Case for Christianity -- Jesus' Self-Attestation


Thursday
Apr042019

"Hear This Word That the Lord Has Spoken" -- Amos 3:1-4:13

Sermons on the Minor Prophets:  The Book of Amos (3)

Everyone dreads the thought of being sued.  It is an unnerving thing to get a summons informing you that you must appear before the municipal court.  Image what it would like to be sued by YHWH, the covenant landlord of the Promised Land.  It falls to the prophet Amos to announce the terms of YHWH’s lawsuit from the heavenly court to the people of Israel.  In our text (chapters 3 and 4 of the Book of Amos), we find two parts of such a covenant lawsuit–stern words of warning (chapter 3) and frightening words of inevitable judgment (chapter 4).  Since Amos functions as a heavenly process server, this raises the question, “what exactly does it mean to be “sued by YHWH?”  Whatever it means, it cannot be good.  In fact, it is a declaration of the worst  thing imaginable–YHWH’s wrath is soon fall upon his disobedient people, Israel.  

YHWH’s verdict and words of indictment do come in a legal form grounded in his covenant made with Israel.  But at this point whatever analogy exists between a heavenly court and an earthly court breaks down.  Judge Judy, the People’s Court, and Law and Order are of little help to us as illustrations.  YHWH’s judgments are altogether righteous, made in light of his perfect holiness and justice.  His decrees are issued in conformity to both his promises and his commands.  He is a judge unlike all earthly judges.  As creator of all things, he is the sovereign king whose judgments reflect his divine nature. YHWH alone has the right and the power to execute justice as he sees fit.  YHWH has a perfect record of dealing righteously and patiently with his disobedient, rebellious, covenant subjects, Israel.  Unless we keep this in mind, the words we read may strike us as foreign, even cruel.

It is common to hear people say things like, “My God would never do such a thing.”  Or “I think God is like . . .”  Or even, “God is love, he would accepts everyone, he wouldn’t judge people.”  A passage such as the one before us should disavow us of all such wrong headed notions about God.  God is not “your” God.  He is the God who dwells in unapproachable light.  He is your creator–you are his.  It doesn’t matter what we think God is like because God reveals himself to us in his words and judgments, such as the judgment about to come upon Israel.  As for the notion that God accepts us as we are without judging us, such a notion attempts to evade the truth that God judges everyone according to the standard of his holy law.  We may not like it, but this is the God who is, not the God we want and then invent.  God is love–the reason why he provides a means of salvation for his rebellious creatures.  But God is also holy and must judge and punish all people for their sin.  Given the heightened sensitivity people have today to any form of personal criticism (“who are you to judge me?”), we must acknowledge that what we are about to hear from YHWH through the mouth of the prophet Amos are difficult words.  But they are YHWH’s words nonetheless.

This is why it is vital that we place Amos’ oracles of warning and impending doom in their historical context (as we labored to do in those weeks when we covered background to the Minor Prophets).  Recall from our brief survey of the closing chapters of Deuteronomy (28-34), before Joshua led the nation of Israel into the promised land (Canaan), Moses (on the day of his death) presided over a covenant renewal ceremony on the plains of Moab with the assembled nation, rehearsing in detail the blessings and curses of the covenant which YHWH made with his people.  The blessing-curse principle is a simple as “obey and receive God’s blessing,” or “disobey and come under God’s curse.” 

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Monday
Apr012019

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (April 1-7)

Sunday Morning, April 7:  This coming Lord's Day we begin a new series on Paul's letters to Timothy and Titus.  This week we'll introduce these letters and discuss their importance.  Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon:  We have come to Lord's Day 4 in our study of the Heidelberg Catechism (Q & A 9-11).  We'll address the question of that which God requires of us.  Our afternoon service begins at 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study: (April 3 @ 7:30 p.m.).  As we make the case for Christianity, we will take up the question of Jesus' claims about himself--his self-attestation

Friday Night Academy: (Friday, April 5 @ 7:30 p.m.).  We are discussing Michael Horton's theology text, The Christian Faith.  We are now in chapter twelve, "Being Human," and talking about the Imago Dei (p. 393).

For more information on Christ Reformed Church you can always find us here Christ Reformed Church, or Christ Reformed on Facebook.